Gladys Lillian nee Birchard (1915-2003) was born on the family homestead in Dunkirk, Saskatchewan, near Moose Jaw. The Birchards were descended from Welsh Quakers; at least three generations had farmed in Ontario and the US. Her parents moved to Dunkirk from Pickering by 1911 and raised ten children. In the ’30’s Gladys and brother Ivan joined the Farmer’s Unity League fighting farm foreclosures. (Ivan’s name appears in a 1934 RCMP secret report on “Revolutionary Organizations and Agitators”). By 1941, Gladys married Gordon Shunaman and moved to Vancouver. Gordon did not work due to poor health. Gladys supported them with a variety of menial jobs before working at Sitka Spruce, organizing workers, and rising to Secretary-Treasurer of the I.W.A. local. Gordon died in 1946. In 1948 Gladys split with the I.W.A. and married Harold Hilland (1925-1986). They moved to the Fraser Valley where they raised four children. Gladys operated a rest home for a time before retiring.